Stories tagged: disability
Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight
Travis Alert is a sensible, sensitive step forward
It sets up a system in which dispatchers can relay information to emergency responders and create a training program so that responders know how to work with those with disabilities.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies
Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 5 a.m.
A transplant-ethics fight for the mentally disabled
Paul Corby needs a new heart. On that there is no dispute. But Corby, who lives in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is autistic, suffers from several psychological conditions and takes 19 medications. …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill
A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 7 a.m.
Doug Clark: UI student Jodie Lewis is coming to terms with her own disability by learning to help others
Once in while someone comes along who makes us forget about our problems and maybe realize how lucky we are.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
Oregon court reverses DUI conviction of wheelchair user
The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a wheelchair user who had been found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane dedicates new ballfield for kids with disabilities at Mission Park
A dream to honor the late father of Major League great Cal Ripken Jr. converged Wednesday with the legacy of Otto Zehm as Spokane officials gathered in the rain to …
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
Cannon Beach looks to become more handicap accessible
Groups in Cannon Beach are working to bring sand-friendly wheelchairs to the beach.
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Former trooper accuses Washington State Patrol of wrongfully firing him over brain tumor
A former state trooper in Spokane is suing the Washington State Patrol, claiming the agency wrongfully fired him over a brain tumor that impacted his motor abilities.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 8:18 p.m.
Disability Rights Washington to hold open house celebrating new Spokane office
Disability Rights Washington is opening a new office in Spokane to protect rights of persons with disabilities.
Thu., March 17, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Disabled rights activist leads Dublin St. Patrick’s parade
DUBLIN – Record crowds celebrated Ireland’s national holiday Thursday as a parade led by the country’s most prominent disabled rights activist snaked its way through Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day. …
Thu., Nov. 26, 2015, 7:19 p.m.
Trump called out for appearing to mock disability
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 8, 2015, 6 a.m.
Caring for an adult child with a disability is equal parts love and fear
Parents of adult children with disabilities are haunted by questions of who’ll care for their children when they’re gone.
Sun., May 10, 2015, midnight
‘I remember Mama’
Mother’s Day is no Hallmark card for Debra Henderson, who has endured a lifetime of dysfunction and disappointment. The Spokane mother hasn’t seen or heard from her daughter in 23 …
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015, midnight
Spate of parking tickets has Cassano’s owner upset
At Cassano’s Italian grocery store in northeast Spokane, there’s a chance you can get homemade cannoli, imported soppressata or maybe some fresh ravioli. You might also get a $450 parking …
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014, midnight
Report details boomers’ disabilities
Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million …
Wed., May 14, 2014, midnight
Huntington Park’s wheelchair accessibility limited
Wheelchair access requirements at the new City Hall plaza and Huntington Park below it were eased by Spokane building officials because of terrain impediments, prompting mixed reactions within the region’s …
Tue., April 9, 2013, midnight
Disability status not a game-changer
SEATTLE – On a good day of golf, Ken Brunette will shoot just a few strokes over par. On a bad outing, Odin Rondestvedt will stray into the 100s. Jack …
Sun., July 29, 2012, midnight
Overlooking disability insurance can be costly
CHICAGO – Long-term disability insurance is the forgotten insurance. The importance of auto, health, homeowners and life insurance is well known. But disability coverage, which replaces lost earnings if you …
Sun., July 29, 2012, midnight
Service animals help more than the blind
Max drags a laundry basket over to Charlie Bales and passes her clothes as she loads the washing machine. Max, a German shepherd, also shuts off the lights, opens the …
Wed., April 11, 2012, midnight
Shawn Vestal: Disability ‘lifestyle’ must not apply to senator
Ever wonder who, exactly, “the most vulnerable” are? We’ve all heard of them. The “most vulnerable” are the folks who Republican budgeteers in Olympia vow to protect while they cut …
Wed., July 22, 2009, midnight
Selected roads open only to disabled hunters’ vehicles
CHEWELAH – Disabled hunters made more than 200 trips last year to hunt wildlife on Colville National Forest access roads specifically designed to accommodate them. The roads were so popular, …
Wed., Aug. 27, 2008, midnight
Ex-deputy accused of defrauding VA
A former Bonner County sheriff’s deputy who feigned being a paraplegic collected an estimated $1.5 million in Veterans Administration benefits before being indicted last week in Spokane, U.S. Attorney Jim …